Job and Internship Opportunities Announcements

This page is for job and internship opportunities from within and outside of the NREM Department. Postings will be deleted once application periods are over. 


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Internal Job Opportunities





Internal Internships Opportunities





Internal Assistantship Opportunities

Graduate Research Assistantship

Closing: August 14, 2021, or until position is filled

Position: Halftime (20 hours/week) GA-8 (11 month), August 21, 2021 to May 15, 2022, continuation dependent on funding, good academic standing, satisfactory performance.

Duties: Research on environmental economics and management of natural resources in Hawaii. Assist with literature review, economic modeling, statistical analysis and reporting. Collect and organize data from primary and secondary sources including conducting interviews, review government records and documents. Conduct analysis including mental modeling and write a brief report on the process and results.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduate standing in NREM. Courses in economics, statistics and policy. Knowledge of Excel and Word. Ability to work independently. Excellent technical writing and communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications: NREM Master's degree or equivalent with previous study/work experience in agricultural development, mental modeling experience, primary data collection. Knowledge of Hawaii and agriculture.

Duration: August 21, 2021 -May 15, 2022; pending availability of funds.

Application Materials: Send current resume, transcript, contact information for two professional references, and letter of application stating how you meet the minimum and/or desirable qualifications to the contact address below. Electronic submission (via email) is preferred.

Contact Catherine Chan (




Internal Postdoc Opportunities





Natural Resources Specialist (Direct Hire)

Closing date: 07/15/2021

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Open & closing dates

06/02/2021 to 07/15/2021

(But applicants should apply as soon as possible because the Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) enables an agency to hire, after public notice is given, any qualified applicant without regard to 5 U.S.C. 3309-3318, 5 CFR part 211, or 5 CFR part 337, subpart A. A DHA expedites hiring by eliminating competitive rating and ranking, veterans' preference, and "rule of three" procedures)


Serves as a natural resources specialist with responsibility for assisting in developing, implementing, and administering broad-based natural resources programs.

Assist in developing and implementing conservation plans.

Assist in developing, implementing and administering a broad based natural resources program.

Works in one or a number of program areas, and may assume primary responsibility for a component of a large natural resources program.

Assists in preparation of policy, guidance and informational documents.

Qualifications for 401 series

Basic Education Requirement: Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.



Pop-Up Labs for Sustainability Lab Teacher
Part Time/Contract (Hourly Pay)
Pop-Up Labs for Sustainability (PULS) is looking a creative, thoughtful, and hard-working young professional to join their team.
About Us
PULS (under the fiscal sponsorship of O’ahu Resource and Conservation Development Council) operates a mobile lab (upcycled shipping container) to schools across O’ahu. Our mission is to merge STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts+design, and mathematics) and sustainable learning to help young people discover their potential in these fields and inspire commitment to protecting our Earth. We believe students need to see the relevance of STEAM to the complex environmental issues confronting people and nature and to acquire the skills they’ll need to be creative problem solvers and powerful advocates.
Position Summary
This is a part-time contract position that requires flexibility in your work week schedule. The candidate is required to have a car for transportation to the lab sites. This is an ideal position for a graduate student, recent graduate, or someone with a flexible work schedule.
Desired Experience
  • Knowledge, experience, and/or interest in teaching youth, preferably in the sciences and sustainability fields (with focus on grade K-8).
  • Demonstrated experience initiating, developing and/or executing lesson plans and/or projects.
  • Familiarity with environmental and social issues facing Hawaiian communities.
  • Knowledge on a particular topics (e.g., honey bees, corals, or trees) or a STEAM field is a plus.Qualifications
  • Four year degree in a science, environmental studies, or related field.
  • Outstanding ability to connect with students to inspire an interest in STEAM.
  • Dedicated to ensuring a start-up non-profit achieves success.
  • Ability to work varied hours, days, and locations each month.
Please send your resume to Pam Weiant, Executive Director,, if you are interested in joining their team. Please visit our website for more information,

List of Internship Opportunities that can be used towards NREM Internship Experience requirement (NREM 492):


USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center in Honolulu, Hawaii

Application due July 31, 2021

“Science Matters: Water-Science Communication for Hawaii and the Pacific Islands” 

Summary--Put your media skills to use to improve understanding of water issues. Build a media campaign by writing content, researching material, mining data, and designing infographics. Our media campaign includes web pages, information sheets, and possible opportunities with social media and story maps. 

Description--Create compelling written content for the products in our media campaign to highlight the water science of the USGS Pacific Islands Water Science Center. Our science portfolio includes groundwater availability, quantity and variability of streamflow, water quality related to land use, and hydrologic monitoring. The geographic coverage of this portfolio is Hawaii, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. Water is a critical issue for this region, and your contributions will help to communicate important scientific findings to the general public, improve our engagement with communities, and improve understanding of this important resource. If you think science matters, please consider becoming part of our science delivery team. 

Required Skills--Analytical writing • Data visualization • Design thinking • Social media management • Infographic design 

Additional Info--Excellent written skills in English is required. Earth science major is preferred. Working knowledge of Word, Excel are required. Working knowledge of a graphics and photo editing software of the intern’s choice is required. Intern provides own computer and all software, and internet connection. The position is 100% remote. Video conferencing will be used to communicate with the USGS team. 

Number of Interns--2 

What is VSFS 

The Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS) is a nine-month remote internship for U.S. citizen students, college-level and above, who would like to make a real difference in the work of the U.S. government. Virtual work is real work and real experience! Learn more about VSFS at To view the project “Science Matters: Water-Science Communication for Hawaii and the Pacific Islands,” search all projects using "USGS Hawaii" or filter using agency=Geological Survey.  

How Does the Program Work 

Every year, employees from across the federal government register as “mentors” on the site. Mentors submit projects in late spring. Students #ApplyinJuly. Students choose three of the hundreds of projects and introduce themselves - virtually - to those mentors by writing a personal statement. August is matching month, when mentors get to see all the students who have picked their project. Through interviews and emails, mentors make their selections and work begins in September. Students work approximately ten hours a week, remotely, for the academic year. VSFS is cost-free and interns are unpaid. 

Who Can Apply 

VSFS internships are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents in “student status.” A student is eligible to participate in the program if they are a U.S. citizen, high school graduate who is enrolled at least half time at a university or college (half-time is as defined by that institution). 

How to Apply 

Students #ApplyinJuly. The VSFS program is open for application only once a year – the entire month of July. The VSFS vacancy announcement is open July 1 - July 31 on the website. During that time, students may find the listing by searching for “VSFS” or “Virtual Student Federal Service” on USAJOBS.


PhD Graduate Research Assistantship

Dr. Amy Scaroni (Forestry and Environmental Conservation) and Dr. Sarah White (Plant and Environmental Sciences) are recruiting a PhD student in applied ecology and remediation science to start either in August 2021 (preferred) or January 2022. Review of candidates will begin July 15 and continue until a successful candidate is selected. The position will be co-advised by Drs. Scaroni and White. The selected candidate can select from two graduate programs based on their interests and career goals: either Forestry and Environmental Conservation or Plant and Environmental Sciences. Both programs are housed in Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

Research will center on advancing the science and practice of floating treatment wetlands (FTWs) in brackish systems, with a goal of providing a preliminary understanding of how nutrient dynamics within brackish waters influence FTW plant productivity and contaminant mitigation potential. The PhD student will be part of a larger group of students and faculty investigating various aspects of FTWs, including habitat value, microbial community composition, and plant suitability across nutrient and salinity gradients. The research will include observational and experimental components, carried out both on Clemson’s campus in Clemson, SC and at Clemson’s Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science on the coast in Georgetown, SC.

The selected candidate will also gain experience and expertise in outreach/Extension related to FTWs. The student will co-lead several workshops to install demonstration FTWs with the public. The PhD student will have opportunities to learn and practice outreach/Extension methodologies, and to hone communications skills to enhance utility and delivery of information to stakeholders (written, oral, video, and web-based).

Minimum qualifications: Candidates must have a M.S. degree in biology, plant ecology, environmental science, or related discipline by August 2021.

Preferred skills: Enthusiasm for outreach, science communication, and stakeholder engagement (or willingness to learn). Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Interested individuals should contact both Dr. Scaroni ( and Dr. White ( via email, including a CV and brief statement of interest.


FRSAN (Farm Ranch Stress Assistance Network) Graduate Assistantship

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has an opportunity for one graduate research assistant position for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. This graduate assistant will support research and extension work of the FRSAN (Farm Ranch Stress Assistance Network) funded by USDA/NIFA to support farmers/ranchers/agricultural producers and allied workers’ physical and mental health and wellbeing. Position is an 11-month appointment (step GA-09 funding) at 50% FTE (or 20 hours/week), tuition covered.

Assist with a variety of project related tasks including literature review, needs assessment, survey development, data analyses (multivariate and mapping), social marketing, curriculum/module development concerning farm/ranch/agricultural producers’ stress, health and wellbeing. This a half time GA position (20 hours/week) to provide project management and research support.

Required application materials: Cover letter outlining relevant experience and skills for this GA position you are applying for, current curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference (email and snail mail the original signed letter of reference). If applicant is a newly accepted and incoming graduate student, one letter should come from your CTAHR or UHM program. Send the application materials immediately via email to Thao Le, First review of applicants begin July 26th, 2021 and continues until a suitable GA is hired, but no later than August 15th, 2021. Renewals for Spring 2022 and subsequent UHM semesters are based on adequate performance. GAs who have not undergone GA training are required to attend GA training sessions prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

Minimal Qualifications: Undergraduate degree and currently pursuing an advanced degree in related areas of human development and family sciences education, public health and nutrition, or related behavioral or social science fields (e.g., NREM with focus on social sciences). Background, interests and experience in behavioral and social science, and/or agricultural sciences or sustainability. Documented research and writing skills. Skills in conducting needs assessment, analyzing and describing quantitative, qualitative, and program evaluation data. Familiarity and fluidity with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & conducting literature reviews and using programs to develop professional infographics, charts, and reports/briefings. Ability to complete weekly tasks independently and in a timely fashion. Documented work-place skills: reliability, responsibility, care in following directions, flexibility/adaptability and interest in learning new skills.

Desirable qualifications: Behavioral sciences/mental health/transdisciplinary education or background/experiences. Experience in the promotion of healthy and resilient children, families, farmers, agricultural producers, communities; food systems; natural resources and sustainability; understand the relationship between complex and multidimensional factors that contribute to good health. Familiarity with APA, Chicago, or other publication style manuals. Knowledge of mapping software and multivariate analyses; website development; social media.


Recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on an NSF-funded project beginning July/August 2021

This project aims to integrate research with citizen-science, and will synthesize ground-based phenology data, PhenoCam observations, unmanned aerial vehicle hyperspectral and LiDAR measurements, and satellite SIF to investigate the relationship between leaf phenology, climatic seasonality, and productivity. Work will focus on two distinct tropical forest habitats on the island of Hawaiʻi – Laupāhoehoe, a montane wet forest, and Pālamanui, a lowland dry forest.  Results from this work will help disentangle the relationship between productivity and phenology in diverse tropical forests, advance our understanding of site-specific differences underlying broad scale variation in satellite observations, and broaden the participation in STEM by underrepresented groups such as Pacific Islanders.

This is a 2-year position that is 75% research and 25% outreach (developing citizen-science data collection with the Teaching Change Programbased at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL or the Institute for Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, with funding to travel between locations. Interested applicants should send questions, a CV and short cover letter describing previous remote sensing experience, and the names and contact information for 3 references to:

USFS Fellowship in Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology
Closing: August 2, 2021
The USFS Pacific Southwest Research Station is recruiting a Postdoctoral Fellow through the ORISE program. This will be a great opportunity to work with long-term experimental forest studies throughout northern California and beyond. There will also be opportunities to get involved with new field studies. Students with a background in silviculture, forest ecology, or fire ecology are strongly encouraged to apply. The hosting station would be either Davis, CA or Redding, CA depending on the successful candidate's preference. All-but-dissertation candidates will be considered.
Please find more information here: